Travelling is becoming an increasingly popular hobby for many people. In the last 2-3 years there has been a significant rise in people wanting to travel from the UK so now many are looking at more cost effective ways to fulfil their travel ambitions. If you want to work in the aviation industry and you want to travel, then this may be the perfect solution. Many aviation jobs provide you with the opportunity to travel for example, pilot jobs and cabin crew jobs. So if you are interested in any of these roles then you are set! But what other aviation jobs involve travel?
Holiday rep jobs involve a great amount of travel. Working for an airline like Thomas Cook as a holiday rep will mean you have the opportunity to travel all over the world. From Spain to Mexico, there is something that everybody will enjoy. Although this kind of job means you can travel to tropical climates, which is what all us Brits want, it comes with a heavy workload. Depending on what resort you are in, it could involved a lot of partying which is tiring along with being on call for families during the day. It takes a very energetic and out-going personality to be successful as a holiday rep. So unless you are either of those things, I would try to find something else.
Pilot jobs involve essential travel, but unless it is on long-haul flights, you are unlikely to spend much time off the plane. Airlines which operate long-haul flights are for example, Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. There are many more but these are probably the main ones people think of when you think long-haul. Being a pilot for one of these airlines will allow you to get off the plane and probably stay in the destination for a few nights before travelling home. On Monday you could be in Thailand and on Friday you could be in Australia. It really does pay when you choose to work with the long haul airlines as the travel opportunities are amazing! Don’t just take it from me, hear it from a real pilot here.
Like pilots, flight attendants travel all the time but you don't need a specific skill set to become one. Normally, what airlines look for in flight attendants is a person who is customer focused and dedicated to the job as it can involve a lot of unsociable hours. The life of an air hostess is pretty hectic. To be a flight attendant you have to love working with the public. Customer service is optimal in this job. You don't want to be rude to a customer and then have to spend the next 6 hours with them in a confined space! The same as pilots, it really depends which airline you work for how much travelling is involved. With easyJet and Ryanair, many cabin crew say that you mostly just see the insides of airports because it is usually short flights so you are home the same day. However, cabin crew with Emirates get to move to Dubai and travel to many exotic destinations where they get to stay for a few nights.
It really depends on what you are looking for in an aviation job whether you mind the travelling or not. To be honest I think any aviation job could potentially involve an element of travelling, whether you are an aircraft engineer or ground crew, you could be re-located on a temporary basis to assist with foreign airport needs. If you have ambitions to travel and want to earn whilst doing it, then you must look into a job in aviation. In the meantime, if you are on the lookout for an aviation job why not upload your CV to AviationMatch today. Keep up with the latest news on Facebook & Twitter too.